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of a major u.s. ally in the pacific, the philippines. it was on august 21st, 1953 that benino was gunned downright after he got off a plane after flying back to his home country. many thought president ferdinand blanco orchestrated his killing. here is the report that claude nann brought us on that day nearly 30 years ago. >>> hundreds of akino supporters were waiting at the airport to welcome him home. security appeared to be tight. during those last minutes aboard the plane, akino said he was racing against time. that he must convince demarco to bring democracy back to the philippines. he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. >> my view, we all have to die sometime. we may die from an assassin's bullet. >> reporter: as exited the plane, security officers escorted akino. moments later the shooting started. the government say it is three officers were escorting akino when an unidentified assassin dressed as a maintenance man pulled out a pistol. the mortally wounded akino was rushed to an army hospital and pronounced dead from a single bullet to his head. there was pandemonium as word of the
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